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Early voting underway in courthouse

Mona Nichols, left, and Diane Rose take care of business at the votingplacein the Fayette County Courthouse on Tuesday. Early voting for the Indiana primary election began at 9 a.m.

By JAY LOCKETT - For the Connersville News-Examiner

Early voting has started at the Fayette County Courthouse and according to staffers, the going has been slow but the turnout is meeting expectations set by previous elections.

"When I look back in the records, four years ago, we only had an 18 percent turnout. So I hope we have a better turnout for this election," said Fayette County Clerk Melinda Sudhoff. "We had several come in early this morning at 9 a.m. If it continues like that, we will surpass what we had four years ago."

Voting is taking place in the first floor conference room of the courthouse. The vote is to determine who will represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the the general election this fall. 

Citizens wishing to vote must bring a photo ID. Examples include an Indiana driver's license, a passport or a military ID. The polls will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of Monday, May 7, when the polling location closes at noon. 

The polling place is also open on two Saturdays before the election, on April 28 and May 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday, May 8, polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

"(Early voting) is just convenient for the voter," Sudhoff said. "They probably won't have to wait in line like they usually would at the polls. It's quick and available to them and their schedules."

Accommodations are also made available for handicapped voters. Votes can be cast by mail by calling the county clerk's office at 765-825-1813 to get an application sent to them. Blind voters can also receive help from the travel board, which could visit voters to help with casting ballots.